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History of Hammond Park

History of Hammond Park

Above: Cyril Pearson’s house, corner of Gaebler & Lyon Streets

Hammond Park was one of the first land grants in the area.

The first land grant of the area around Jilbup (Thomsons) Lake, in what is now Hammond Park, was to George Dunnage, who had 20,000 acres granted in 1830, including the whole Hammond Park area. Another often-cited holder of early grants is C.E. Mangles. The land changed hands many times in the next 50 years, as many hopeful young settlers were disillusioned by the harsh nature of farming and living in the new colony.

In the 1880s, the whole south-eastern Cockburn area was known as Jandakot, and was a huge provider of food for the Fremantle and southern areas. Many people bought land in the area and made a good, if tough, living growing fruit and vegetables on market gardens, running dairies and piggeries. Many market gardens were run by Chinese migrants, and there was one who worked in this area known as Georgey Way.

James Hammond was born in England in 1840, and emigrated to Canada where he was a skilled piano-maker. When his eyesight started to fail, he migrated again, this time to Western Australia in 1887. Hammond arrived in Fremantle and bought a block on the eastern side of Thomsons Lake. He married and had eight children.

James Hammond built the house and other buildings on his Thomsons Lake land and ran a market garden.

All of his children worked on the market garden with him. One of their major crops was cauliflowers. The land around the lake was fertile for growing crops but often needed to be drained of some of the swampy waters.

He was successful and his market garden remained productive for nearly 100 years, run by his children and grandchildren.

Though officially in Wattleup, Hammond Park backs right onto the Harry Waring Marsupial Reserve.

Harry Waring was a professor of zoology at UWA, who was interested in marsupials and spent a lot of time developing areas to study them. The Marsupial Reserve was created in 1970 by the Minister for Fisheries and Fauna as a breeding colony. It was renamed in 1982, after Waring’s death in 1980.

The suburb Hammond Park was approved in 2002, and formally gazetted in 2003. It was formerly a part of the suburb of Banjup, as was Aubin Grove on the eastern side of the freeway. There are still some market gardens operating in the area, but it is increasingly residential.

Local history questions or anything to add? Please let us know by commenting below.

This article can also be seen on the Cockburn Libraries’ Local History blog and first appeared in the June 2015 edition of Cockburn Soundings

About The Author

Leah

Leah works as the Reader Services Librarian at Spearwood Public Library, where she orders the books, and takes requests for anything you can't find in the library! She also researches and writes local history articles for the Cockburn Soundings, and for anyone who has a local history question. Comment below to ask Leah a question.

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  1. James Hammond was my great Grandfather. My Mother is Doreen (maiden name) Hammond. She is now 86 yo. I just stumbled on this story and that amazing photo of my family. Thank you

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